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My 5% Challenge journey
Thursday, November 26, 2020      9 comments

I had heard about the 5% Challenge from a Spark Friend and I finally decided to try it. I wanted a blog that would track my progress. I joined SparkPeople in December 2012. My highest weight ever was 234. When I started with SparkPeople, I wei... Read more
2020 Vision
Tuesday, October 06, 2020      11 comments

I was looking back on my previous blogs and shaking my head. I am thick headed. How can I even explain how I made advances so many times and then just quit. No explanation...just shake my head. It is kind of nice to have the history to remind me... Read more
What Can Happen in 100 days?
Tuesday, February 13, 2018      9 comments

I have had weight loss success and weight loss failure. After joining Spark People in December of 2012, I lost a lot of weight. I gained most of it back. I lost weight again, and gained most of it back. When I finally woke up (again) 100 days a... Read more
How many times can you start over???
Wednesday, November 29, 2017      11 comments

As many as necessary. I have been at this on and off here on SparkPeople since December 2012. My highest weight when I started was 230. I have made it down to 178, lost focus, went to 208, got back on track and went down to 184...lost focus a... Read more
Ok, Here we go again
Tuesday, June 23, 2015      3 comments

I have a new plan. Better than no plan at all. Better than giving up. I was introduced to a diet plan called "Beyond Diet" that my brother got in shape with. It does not count calories. It counts proteins, carbs and fats. I took their metabol... Read more
To Focus or Not Focus...that is the question
Friday, July 18, 2014      3 comments

And the answer is...not focusing makes you get off course. You trip up, you fall...but you know what? You can get back up again! I started SparkPeople in December 2012. My highest weight had been 234. At the time I signed up I weighed 228. I h... Read more
My 2014 plan
Thursday, December 26, 2013      4 comments

I am at my one-year anniversary with SparkPeople. I lost 50 pounds, but gained about 5 back while not paying attention, and giving into temptation over the holidays. Isn't it about paying attention? But I am so happy about the 45 pounds I have l... Read more
Weekly weigh-ins - part 2
Monday, August 12, 2013      4 comments

So, for the first 7 months of this year I have gone from 228-182. I have gone from wearing size 22 to wearing size 16. Now onward to the last stretch. August 3 - 181 10 - 181 17 - 181 24 - 182. ... Read more
The changes 46 pounds make
Tuesday, August 06, 2013      6 comments

I have more energy and mobility. I can kneel and get up easier. I can do exercises and activities I would have found difficult or impossible to do before. My knees and feet don't hurt. I can keep up with my grandchildren and play with them ... Read more
Letter to Self
Wednesday, July 03, 2013      6 comments

I have been hard on myself for so long. I have been my own worst enemy. I have lived with chains of self-doubt, poor self image, and bad habits. I hid it so well. On the outside I appeared to be so "together," talented, and strong. Yes, I let my... Read more
Sadness and Motivation
Tuesday, June 04, 2013      8 comments

I am sad to report that my two year old grandson drowned in the family pool on Saturday, June 1. The family is devastated, to say the least. The funeral is Wednesday. He leaves four older brothers and a sister behind. We are all people of deep ... Read more
Monday, May 13, 2013      5 comments

Today's challenge is to write down three accomplishments I am proud of - to dwell on the positive. There are quite a few things I am proud of that I have accomplished in my life in general: educational goals, wonderful children. I will list more... Read more
Staying on Track
Thursday, May 02, 2013      1 comments

5-2-13: I have finished the SparkCoach sessions on Healthy living and plateau busting. Now I am on the "Consistency and Motivation" track, which I will be on for the rest of my journey. I have daily challenges. The first was to work in extra mov... Read more
My Weekly Weigh-Ins
Saturday, April 13, 2013      3 comments

I confess...I weigh every day, even though SparkPeople does not recommend it. I post my weight every time there is a decrease...not on consistent days. My SparkCoach assignment today is to create a weekly weight report blog. What they recommen... Read more
Plateau Busting
Tuesday, April 02, 2013      3 comments

I finished my 90 day Spark Coach series on healthy lifestyle. Now I am going to go through the 28-day Plateau Busting sessions. I have had a couple of times when my weight would not budge for a week. None of my plateaus have been long. I kno... Read more

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